• 2019-08-20

The Connection Between Reflection & Relevance

It’s a disturbing trend.  One that doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon.

From what I can tell, the vast majority of companies and organizations are worshipping blindly at a church called the Sacred Heart of Execution & Measurement; often at the expense of vision and common sense.  

Firmly locked in the grip of metric fixation, too many leaders and CEO’s are replacing sound professional judgment in favor of following the activation/implementation crowd armed with business book bibles filled with numerical performance indicators based upon standardized data.

But, what if this widely accepted form of professional behavior creates dangerous, unintended consequences?

You don’t have to look far within your own organization to see how the immediacy of short-term goals is constantly advanced at the expense of long-range strategy and vision. 

In other words, leaders and CEO’s who sacrifice much-needed quiet time for thought and reflection, often travel a rocky road towards irrelevance and obsolescence.

Could slowing down and coming to a complete mental stop play a significant role in creating legacy and long-term success?

As business and life moves ever faster forward, it is only through reflective thinking that we can understand what happened backward and turn experience into wisdom.

If you believe it’s worth exploring The Connection Between Reflection and Relevance, find a quiet place to ponder the implications for your business and career as you mull over this edition of Leaders & Legends.

       All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” 
― Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols 

p.s…. When people and organizations expend the bulk of their energies on action, analytics, scorekeeping and efficiencies; responding to the daily needs of the urgent, you run the very real risk of losing sight of the bigger picture. As Jeff Bezos learned in the early days of Amazon, it’s super easy to get lost in the fog of business war. 

p.p.s… Over the last few months, I have been fascinated by the Ken Burns documentary that chronicles the Vietnam War. In Episode 4, you discover the flaw in U.S. military leadership and how they assessed progress (or lack thereof). Unlike, World War II where armies focused on capturing cities and enemy territory, there was no front to speak of in Vietnam. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara and his number-crunching cronies decided there was only one way to explain to the public that this type of guerilla warfare was worth the price being paid with American money and blood.


The grisly answer was body count. Turned out that just because you can measure something, doesn’t mean it truly matters.

p.p.p.s…. As mentioned in the video post, Wizard Academy, nestled 20 minutes outside of Austin, TX, is a wonderful place to reflect on the truly important in business and life. Been reading Roy H. Williams weekly Monday Morning Memo for nearly two decades and this latest offering is another example of what can make you stop dead in your tracks.

And think.



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